(a) Any lawyer who participates as a speaker at an accredited program, seminar, or activity and does not receive compensation, other than reasonable expenses, shall receive credit for the following:
(2) actual preparation time up to a maximum of fifteen (15) credit hours for each 50 minutes of presentation time as determined by Regulation 15.01.
(c) The standards set forth in Regulation 15.01 shall determine the number of credit hours to be received for the presentation time, preparation time and research and writing time and the number of credit hours to be received by a lawyer shall be reported on the affidavit required by Regulation 15.06.1.
(d) A lawyer may satisfy the requirements of subdivisions (e) and (f) of Rule 15.05 by speaker or author credit if the presentation or work or a designated portion thereof is devoted exclusively to professionalism, legal ethics or judicial or malpractice prevention.
(a) Visiting Attorneys. Visiting attorneys from other jurisdictions who are permitted to practice for a case or proceeding pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 9.03 and who are not otherwise subject to Rule 15 shall not be subject to Rule 15.05.
(b) Non-Practicing Lawyers. Any lawyer not an active judge who, during a reporting year, has neither engaged in the active private or public practice of law in Missouri nor held himself or herself out as an active practicing lawyer in Missouri shall not be required to complete or report any credit hours during that reporting year unless the lawyer is subject to the requirement of subdivision (e) of Rule 15.05 or the lawyer elects to receive reciprocal credit under Regulation 15.05.5. A lawyer may claim the exemption on the affidavit required by Regulation 15.06.1 which shall be in such form as provided by The Missouri Bar.
(c) Governmental Officials. Any lawyer who is not a judge may, upon application to The Missouri Bar within ninety (90) days of the end of each reporting year, be exempt from Rule 15.05 (a) and Rule 15.05 (f) if he or she is a full-time governmental official and is not engaged in public or private practice of law. The application shall state reasons in support of the requested exemption. A lawyer exempted under this section shall still be required to file the affidavit required by Regulation 15.06.1.
3. Hardship and Extenuating Circumstances. Any lawyer for whom compliance with Rule 15 is unreasonable difficult due to
(a) a physical or mental disability; or
(b) military or other governmental service at an isolated place of duty; or
(c) age or any other good cause upon a written request setting forth the grounds therefore shall be granted a waiver, extension of time, or permission to comply with Rule 15 by an alternative method which may included in excess of six hours of self-study credit. A lawyer should make the written request at least sixty (60) days prior to the end of the reporting year except in cases when such a deadline is impractical or inappropriate. The Missouri Bar shall review and approve or disapprove such requests on an individual basis and without delay. Rejection of any such request shall be reviewed as provided in Rule 15.06(d).
4. Credit for Programs, Seminars, and Activities Which Occur Between January 1, 1988 and June 30, 1988. A lawyer who attends continuing legal education programs, seminars, or activities or participates as a speaker or author in such programs, seminars, or activities between January 1, 1988 and June 30, 1988 shall receive credit for and may report:
(a) The actual credit hours for the program, seminar, or activity as determined by Regulation 15.01 if the program, seminar, or activity (1) was conducted by a sponsor who is designated or approved as an accredited sponsor prior to June 30, 1988, or by an identified sponsor who is accredited pursuant to Regulation 15.04.3 (b) or (2) is an accredited program, seminar, or activity pursuant to Regulation 15.04.3 (c) and
(b) a maximum of fifteen credit hours for any continuing legal education programs, seminars, and activities conducted by a sponsor other than an accredited or identified sponsor and not accredited pursuant to Regulation 15.04.3 (c) if, at the time of the programs, seminars, or activities, the lawyer had reason to believe that the programs, seminars, or activities substantially conformed to the standards for accreditation of Rule 15.05. The hours of credit for all such programs, seminars, and activities shall be determined by Regulation 15.01.
5. Reciprocal Credit. Any lawyer whose principal place of practice is in a state other than Missouri which has a continuing legal education requirement substantially similar to that of Missouri can satisfy the requirements of Rule 15, if applicable, by making the appropriate designation on the affidavit required by Regulation 15.06.1 that he or she is in compliance with the requirements of the state of his or her principal place of practice. Any lawyer whose principal place of practice is in a state other than Missouri which does not have a continuing legal education requirement substantially similar to that of Missouri can satisfy the requirements of Rule 15, if applicable, by completing accredited programs, seminars, or activities as defined in Regulation 15.01.1 or by completing programs, seminars, or activities offered by his or her state bar association.
6. Carryover Credit Hours.
(a) A lawyer reporting more than fifteen credit hours of accredited programs, seminars, or activities, exclusive of self-study, for one reporting year shall receive credit in the next succeeding reporting year for such excess credit hours to apply toward the requirement of subdivision (a) of Rule 15.05 if the excess credit hours are reported on the lawyer's affidavit for the reporting year for which they were completed and are designated as hours to be carried forward.
(b) Credit hours of programs, seminars, and activities devoted exclusively to professionalism, legal or judicial ethics or malpractice prevention may be included in determining the amount of carryover credit which a lawyer may report pursuant to Regulation 15.05.6(a).
(c) For professionalism compliance periods beginning on or after July 1, 2009, a lawyer reporting more than two credit hours of accredited programs and activities devoted exclusively to professionalism, legal or judicial ethics or malpractice prevention during one reporting year may receive credit for such excess hours to apply to the requirement of subdivision (f) of Rule 15.05 for the next succeeding reporting year if the credit hours are reported on the lawyer’s affidavit for the reporting year for which they were completed and are designated as hours to be carried forward.
(Approved eff. July 1, 1988. Amended eff. July 1, 1990; July 1, 1991; July 1, 1992; Nov 1, 2009.